Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney

Founder & Managing Director, digitalundivided
Over the past ten years, Kathryn Finney has made her mark as a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, investor, writer, and television correspondent.
Kathryn is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that fosters economic growth in communities by finding, training, and supporting women of color entrepreneurs. She is also a General Partner in the Harriet Fund, the first pre seed venture fund focused on investing the untapped potential of high potential Black and Latina women-led startups. Prior to this, she was an early social media pioneer, founding one of the first lifestyle blogs, the highly influential The Budget Fashionista, which she sold in 2014 to a prominent media company, making her one of the first Black women to sell a tech company.
Since founding DID in 2012, she has led the organization in numerous initiatives that have impacted 2,000 people and helped raise $15MM in investments. Her pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane”, was widely discussed and covered (Forbes, CNN, Fast Company, etc.) for quantifying the often overlooked state of Black women in the tech entrepreneurship space and is impacting policy from state houses to the White House.
As one of the most respected voices in national conversations on innovation and tech, Kathryn is sought for her insightful and incisive perspectives on building online communities, bringing innovation to emerging communities, and the intersectionality of race and gender in the tech space. She’s been featured in over 1000 press articles and has received numerous awards including, Marie Claire ’s 10 Women to Watch in 2016, Entrepreneurs Magazine’s “Woman to Watch in 2016,”, New York Business Journal ’s Women of Influence Award, SXSW Black Innovator Award, The Grio 100, Ebony Power 100, Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list, and inducted into Spelman College’s “Game Changers Academy.”
In 2013, she received a Champion of Change award from the White House. February 26th is ‘Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day” in the borough of Manhattan.
Owing to her unique background as a Yale educated epidemiologist, Kathryn distinguishes herself as a talented storyteller that can elevate even the most mundane facts and figures into intelligent, engaging, and powerful presentations. She effortlessly weaves her trademark Midwestern wit, refreshing candor, and compelling authenticity into every talk, whether tackling the pivotal role of women as business leaders in today’s innovation economy or the principles of Lean Startup for small businesses. Kathryn has frequently keynoted at conferences such as the Forbes Women’s Summit, Morgan Stanley, Google, South by Southwest (SXSW), New York Women in Communications, Columbia School of Business, and other leading organizations.
At once entertaining and on-point, Kathryn’s empowering, solutions-oriented approach to presentations will leave the audience energized and inspired to take clear, concrete actions in their own companies and communities. In doing so, she invites everyone to embody her favorite words from Marianne Williamson, “When you let your light shine, you give others permission to shine as well”.